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Top 10 Looks for Back To School

Back to school? Are you crazy? On this first day of August, I’m thinking about what the kids are going to wear as they start school in just a few short weeks. Gone are the days of the nicely delineated Labor Day to Memorial Day school year that I had. Back then (you know, when the dinosaurs roamed the earth), we had a good, long summer. Plenty of time to get thoroughly bored and forget how to hold a pencil. And we were excited to go back to school!
Nowdays, they are starting earlier than ever, and the summer weather of August just isn’t right for those “cool” fall clothes. What’s a kid to do? Never fear:  Classroom inspiration is here! There are plenty of stylish ways to wear Fall Transition outfits that are weather appropriate and look great during those first weeks, then transition beautifully into the cooler weather of autumn. Check out Everything But The Princess’s back-to-school style guide for some great ideas for fresh, first-day looks.

Top 10 Back To School Transition Looks
1. Dress up a tee. Simple tops are the ultimate in versatile. The tee is a year-round staple that looks fun & funky and can be dressed up too. Pair with some bold accessories and fancy new shoes, and it looks like a million bucks. Tees can be worn with a cardigan or jacket for those cool mornings waiting for the bus and top shorts, skirts or pants nicely, depending on the weather. These days, tees come in such a huge variety of styles, with screen prints, sequins, peek-a-boo shoulders – and any sleeve length you like. They’re anything but plain! There’s sure to be a tribal top, dress-casual fusion tee or lusciously colored tee that will suit her fancy.
2. White. Well, it’s not Labor Day yet, now is it? Why not white? Crisp & clean, white looks fantastic with tribal prints, soft pastels and cheery brights. White cropped jeans will look great with dressy tees (see #1!), and a white jacket is the perfect topper for any back to school outfit. Anyway, here on the west coast, we don’t stand on ceremony-who needs rules? We wear white in good weather all year round. If you like to tone it down in the winter, simply switch to winter white, cream or ivory for a versatile look that matches anything.  White is one hot ticket!
3. Pretty pastels. Soft hues are easy on the eyes and come in lightweight and heavy fabrics to suit your weather and mood. Head-to-toe pastel is always a good choice, but it looks fantastic with white (see #2!) or black too. Pastels go nicely together as well, so feel free to mix & match.
4. Summer brights…in the fall. Bright colors are cheerful and totally school appropriate. Pair brights with black or brown to make them autumn-y, like topping a tunic top or short dress with a cardigan and finishing with leggings or opaque tights if it’s cool. Like this dress from Catimini’s fall 2012 collection – wear with or without the top underneath; with or without leggings (see #6!). It’s cute, cheerful and completely convertible. Desigual offers a stunning array of cheerful brights in prints and solids this fall too, with fall shorts, skirts, coats and dresses galore. See the Desigual Fall 2012 girls collection here.
5. Light jackets. Mornings are cool and afternoons hot. That means jackets! More than ever, there is a huge selection of jackets, shrugs and hoodies to suit every taste. A denim basic is fine – and you can pick 3/4 sleeves, cropped or classic styles in every color of the rainbow. Hoodies are still super popular, owing to their versatility and overall comfort. Who doesn’t have a favorite sweatshirt? And then of course there are twists on the classic blazer. Like this striped 3/4 sleeve jacket from Hannah Banana. Vests are a great variation on this theme too, perfect with long or short sleeves–even over a tank!
6. Layered. Layered is in. And it’s a great way to express yourself with plenty of mix & match choices. Fall shorts are hot for a reason: she can wear them layered with tights or leggings, with longer shorts underneath, with knee-highs or bare-legged for the perfect level of comfort. And oh how cute! Like these schoolgirl shorts from Brums, shown here with a tee and blazer and over striped tights. Also looks fantastic over short boots with knee-highs or legwarmers and bare legs. And they are looking fantastic for fall! Wow! Look at all these shorts! Layering also works great with dresses, as you can pair a dress with long sleeves underneath or a shrug over the top and then add leggings, tights or legwarmers when things get cool.

Eliane Et Lena Navy Tina Jacket  *Preorder* Eliane et Lena Fall 2012

7. Boho. Bohemian is chic, and if your gypsy girl likes the details of flowers, beadwork and accessories, this look is perfect for her. Layers of pretty colors with ruffles and prints are fun and attractive. Don’t forget to top it all off with a pretty scarf like this Luna Scarf from Eliane et Lena.
8. Schoolgirl. Okay, I realize this is obvious, but skirts and knee-highs, plaid, pleats and peter pan collars really are cute for school. Mix & match styles for short or long sleeves, tights or bare-legs and boots or flats – everything comes together prim & proper and perfect for back-to-school!
9. Twirly Skirts. Feminine, funky or cute – short skirts are the perfect fall transition item. Whether they are gathered, dirndl style or tiered, skirts give her room to move and play (especially with Monkeybar Buddies) and look dressy enough for lunch with grandma. And they are definitely cute! Like this darling City Girl polka dot tiered skirt from Lipstik. Pair with a 3/4 sleeve top for a go-anywhere look that dresses up or down nicely, then with tights & boots when the weather gets cooler.
10. Ultra-high Sneakers & Boots. Comfortable and breathable canvas sneakers are ultra-hip in sky-high heights. Like these Penelope Wildberry for Ooh! La, La! Couture High Tops shown here with the Coco dress from Ooh! La, La! Couture. They are perfect for playground and they look fantastic with dresses & skirts, shorts and jeans.

The first week of school is so exciting, and kids really want to make a good impression and look their best. With these fall transition ideas, they can look fantastic without being uncomfortably hot. For more great back-to-school fashion ideas, visit

Dress up for Patriotic Holidays

4th of July Face PaintIn America, our patriotic holidays are a time to gather together and celebrate some of the people, ideas and events that make our country special and bring our hearts close to home.  Even on Memorial Day, a justly somber holiday, we do celebrate the lives and sacrifices of our soldiers.  Nationwide, parades, parties and family gatherings are held, bringing us close with our friends, family and neighbors to share our pride at being Americans.

What better way to show your love for your country than dressing the part?  Why not get into the spirit with special accessories, a patriotic looking outfit or even face paint?  Every time I see a sweet little child walking down the parade route, waving a flag, dressed in red, white and blue – it just makes me feel good.  And since our holidays coincide with good weather and vacations from school and work, it’s the perfect opportunity to sport a red, white and blue swimsuit, sunhat or clam diggers.

Patriotic Swimsuits

Deux par Deux Mimi Les Swimsuit

Item #1:  The Red, White & Blue Swimsuit

Memorial Day, 4th of July/Independence Day and Labor Day – all great swimming holidays!  Playing in the sprinklers, poolside or at the beach, kids look dandy decked out in patriotic and nautical styles.  Red, White & Blue just says SUMMER!  Like the Mimi Les 2pc Swimsuit from Deux par Deux.  Any red, white or blue suit can fit the bill, and sailor styles are especially cute on summer holidays.  Even a solid colored suit is great, and you can accessories with stars & stripes flip flops or a cute hat.  Which leads me to…




Brums Wicker Hat

Brums Wicker Hat

Item #2:  A Cute Hat

Well, it’s sunny, right?  Gotta have a great hat to keep the sun off tender cheeks.  Might as well look fantastic in the bargain.  For example, the Red & White Trimmed Wicker Hat from Brums.  Fedoras are all the rage at the moment, and no wonder!  This lightweight summer hat shades her face and looks completely cute.  A simple red & white hatband matches any patriotic outfit and goes through summer looking cheery and fresh.

Item #3:  Accessories

Any cute decoration will do.  Like this cute wicker basket purse, also from Brums.  She can carry her sunscreen & lip balm, a snack…or maybe other beachy take-alongs.  What about cute hairthings, socks, sandals and jewelry?  And let’s not forget the face paint.  If it’s not already a family tradition, try face painting for sunny holidays.  The kids love it and it’s so festive!  We like the Klutz Face Painting book, for quality paints and easy instructions.  Free-hand a star, flag or other design on cheeks or make fake tattoos.  Just make it fun!

Brums Wicker Basket Purse

Brums Wicker Basket Purse

Patriotic Face Paint

Patriotic Face Paint










Item #4:  Red, White & Blue Outfits

All-American.  Gingham picnic checks, stripes, solid colorblocks.  There are a huge amount of choices.  Don’t wanna go all-flag-all-the-time?  How about Gingham or nautical outfits?  Still looks crisp and fresh, and they are more versatile.  Then really go for it with the accessories.  Want a more patriotic look? How about the

Miss Me American Flag Bermudas or the Twirls & Twigs Firecracker outfits.

Mayoral Gingham Tie Shirt

Mayoral Gingham Tie Shirt

Twirls & Twigs Firecracker Outfits

Twirls & Twigs Firecracker Outfits












Item #5: Bling

Yep, like majorette bling. Girls just look SO cute in sparkly accessories & outfits-and they love to look the part. Put together a costume for the day, like these sparkling ruffle shorts from Twirl & Co. Twirl & Co. also makes the cutest sequined berets to match, and Everything But The Princess has a large selection of headbands, hair clips and hats to outfit your little majorette for parades and parties.

Blingy Bow Accessories

Reema Designs Sequined Bow Headband

Twirl Royal Blue Sequin Tulle Ruffled Shorts

Twirl & Co. Sequined Ruffled Shorts

Dressing up for patriotic holidays is a sure way to have a great time.  However you do it, express your personal style!

Spring 2012 Pre-Order: Brums Clothing

From the same great designer that brought us Eliane Et Lena now comes the fine European clothing style of Brums. Brums offers incredible looks for little girls straight from Europe including all the beautiful dainty dresses, fun fancy accessories, and adorable hats they can offer and now Everything But The Princess has the precious pre-orders for spring 2012 from this fancy line.  With great use of modern cuts, beautiful bows, precious polka dots, and classic colors Brums offers a great line of clothes that are timeless for your little princess this spring. Both of you will love the crisp and sweet fashion forward looks of the great new dresses, and if you hurry now you can pre-order your favorites at Everything But The Princess and begin opening your new favorite looks all February long!

Brums White Ruffle with Navy Skirt Dress *Preorder*Brums White Ruffle with Navy Skirt Dress *Pre-Order*: This dress is a modern take on a classic style. The ruffled bodice is sweet and dainty while the square cut neckline brings in an element of modernity. The white and navy colors are the perfect balance to both classic and modern styles creating a look that will be timeless on your little beauty.

Brums White with Blue Stripe Big Bow Dress *Preorder*Brums White with Blue Stripe Big Bow Dress *Pre-Order*: This sky blue striped dress is the perfect look for any little girl. It is precious and innocent, and prolongs that little girl look we all hold so dear when it comes to our precious babies. The big bow is the perfect accent for a pulled together crisp yet girly look.

Brums White Cup Cake with Blue/Red Floral Print Dress *Pre-Order*: This dress is spectacular. The off the shoulder look is very feminine but adds extra straps for support. The white ruffle across the shoulder is dainty and sweet especially when you add in the beautiful floral patterned skirt with red trim. It is perfect for that spring picnic or a day out at a garden party.

Brums White Cup Cake with Blue/Red Floral Print Dress *Preorder*Brums Red/White Trim with Bow Wicker Hat *Pre-Order*: This fabulous hat pairs excellently with the floral print dress. The wicker style is the perfect look for spring and the red and white band add an extra pop of color and style.

Brums Red White Trim with Bow Wicker Hat *Preorder*Brums White/Navy/Red Cup Cake Wicker Purse *Pre-Order*: Every little princess needs a place to keep her personal items. This adorable wicker purse is just perfect for that. It is dainty and sweet with its frills, bows, and ruffles. A great addition to the floral print dress. Brums White/Navy/Red Cup Cake Wicker Purse *Preorder*